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Fantasy Football: Five Biggest Failures In Week 9

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Disappointments From Week 9

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Week 9 of the NFL season saw a ton of great running back performances including Doug Martin and Adrian Peterson along with a lot of injuries to players that impact fantasy players in a big way including Percy Harvin, Darren McFadden and Antonio Brown. There will be owners scrambling all week to replace those three if none of them can play this coming week.

However, this is about the players that failed miserably in Week 9 and there are a lot of those including a lot at the quarterback position like Ryan Fitzpatrick in Houston, Joe Flacco in Cleveland and Christian Ponder in Seattle. All of those moves cost fantasy owners just as much as the injuries and monster performances did. There weren’t as many with running backs like Ahmad Bradshaw, who had a terrible day at home against Pittsburgh. The wide receiver position isn’t one to ignore as Titus Young and Stevie Johnson disappointed owners greatly with the final weeks of the regular season now ticking down.

There aren’t any tight ends in my top five who failed but I can’t look past the awful games from Jermichael Finley and Brandon Pettigrew when the position isn’t producing as many quality options from week to week right now. Those were just some of the other failures in Week 9 but I have identified who I think were the five biggest failures during Week 9 and hurt owners the most. Hopefully, these players rebound this coming week or it is going to be more misery for their owners.

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Eli Manning

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Manning completed just ten passes for 125 yards in the Giants’ loss to Pittsburgh. It was just a very poor day for Eli and you could pinpoint any number of reasons for that with the Steelers’ pass defense or just all the distractions from Sandy that impacted the week’s preparation. Whatever the reason was for Manning’s poor day, it sent many owners down to defeat and his owners have to hope this week’s matchup with Cincinnati goes much better. The Bengals have a much easier defense to pass on than Pittsburgh so maybe Manning can find his receivers with more frequency in Week 10.

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Dez Bryant

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Bryant had just one catch for 15 yards and Tony Romo only tried to throw to Bryant on four occasions. Bryant is one of those players that can take you to glory each week or have you pulling your hair out by the end of the game. It didn’t help that Bryant was in the Sunday night game as well so owners had to decide whether to look at a different option early on or leave Bryant in where Bryant’s owners got burned. The matchup isn’t much easier this week with the Cowboys playing the Eagles and with Bryant’s hip injury, it may be worth leaving Bryant on the bench again.

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Fred Jackson

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Jackson had a horrible day against the Houston defense with just 21 yards rushing and only 14 yards receiving on five catches. The Bills have been going with a timeshare with Jackson and C.J. Spiller and at least this week, Jackson was very bad. Buffalo faces the Patriots this coming week and Jackson needs to get back to his normal production level or Spiller just might take over the starting running back job full-time. This is an important next 10 days with Buffalo playing twice including a Thursday night game against Miami in Week 11 so Jackson needs to produce like he did earlier this season.

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Hakeem Nicks


Nicks had only one catch for ten yards in Sunday’s game. In fact, Nicks was only targeted four times in the contest as the whole Giants offense sputtered. Nicks has been fighting with injuries during the season and seems to be back near 100 percent now as the stretch drive begins. The biggest problem is that Nicks has had only one double-digit fantasy day all season so a lot of owners may be looking to trade Nicks and anyone who gives offered Nicks should take advantage of it and make the deal. Things can only get better for Nicks with a bye week coming up as well next week.

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Jeremy Maclin

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There were many fantasy owners who waited for Monday night in hopes that Maclin would put up big numbers against a suspect New Orleans defense and got disappointed. Maclin finished with just two catches for 28 yards and has struggled coming off the team’s bye week. Maclin has a very rough matchup this week against the Cowboys but might be able to squeeze out some production in the coming weeks to keep Maclin in the fantasy discussion but owners may have had enough and could be trying to trade Maclin this week. It may be a worthwhile investment if you believe Maclin can turn around.